Windows Central App Build 31 adds new article layout, updated icons, and fixes

Following yesterday's app update for Windows Central today, we are releasing a hotfix for a new issue introduced and a few other changes that we hope you like.

Build 31 of the Windows Central app has been submitted to the Store and should be live in the next few hours. Here is what to look for when you get it.

Windows Central App Build 31 (1.1.31)

  • New article/comment layout for desktop and mobile – This is a rather big change and frankly was our original design before we publicly released the app. Now, instead of comments being below the article, they are to the right in a pivot for Mobile. To pivot you can tap the 'Comments' text or swipe in that upper area. Unfortunately, due to current limitations on Webview we cannot have a full swipe gesture running the length of the article as you may expect. On the desktop, if full screen or on a large layout you will see the comments automatically. Let us know what you think via UserVoice.
  • Better spacing around some elements - Self-explanatory but we added some padding around various text areas
  • Fixed - The keyboard no longer covers comment box - This was introduced yesterday and is now fixed, sorry about that!
  • Changed out some symbols that were confusing - Due to feedback we changed out the Download App icon to the universal symbol, replaced the Jump to last icon with a down arrow, and brought back the Share icon in the App Bar.
  • Improved performance for initial start and loading articles - Still some smaller improvements in the performance of the app. As we said before, we'll continue working on this including some inevitable backend changes.

Following this update, we still have a few immediate additions to bring including an Up Arrow/Return to Top for comments (makes sense), haptic feedback (vibrate) on article and feed load, and hopefully a nice fade-in animation for an article and feed loading too.

Once we have a lot of that cleaned and tweaked, we'll turn our attention to Forums again as we know that is a pain point for many.

Let us know what you think but more importantly continue to leave feedback and vote on our Windows Central UserVoice page.

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Daniel Rubino
Editor-in-chief

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

176 Comments
  • Can't wait!
  • Getting there, well done, very well done!! Although there's a spelling mistake in the article... "On the desktop, if full screen or in large..." Should be "in"
  • Now the update is live...downloading
  • Now, all we need is "Build 32" with faster performance. I can now say that I no longer need the old app. RoJo Arlington, TX Waiting for 6.2" Surface Phone Pro
  • Like to see new article badge count added to live tile.
  • Yep. I'm sure they're working on it. RoJo Arlington, TX Waiting for 6.2" Surface Phone Pro
  • You guys rock!!
  • How about moving the "sort comments by" into the bottom app bar like Readit?
  • Excellent. Bring it on.
  • Wish every windows developer had the consistency of you guys!! Lumia 640 XL
  • Awesome
  • 'Beta' can now be removed from the Windows Central app description!
  • Not yet. Swiping to Comments tab not working when in Articles tab.
  • Well it does, but you have to swipe over the command bar
  • Reason is mentioned in article.
  • Yes, it is mentioned, but mentioning it does not solve the issue! The app is making good progress, though. So I dont think it'll tkae that long till this will be "fixed", too
  • And now it starts...
  • no, still crashes every now and then on mobile
  • excellent improvement!
  • You guys are fast. As mentioned, you guys adjusted the spacing. Please adjust the line spacing for title and decrease the font size of the title. There is huge space above the title.
  • I like the large font. Easier on the eyes.
  • The android app is again still better. How ironic...
  • I bet you already intended to post that before reading the article (if you actually did read it) and without downloading it or comparing it. (Since it hasn't hit the store yet) Droid dudes are such droids sometimes. :)
  • He posted it first and I deleted it due to trolling. He's walking a fine line here and clearly baiting people/being inflammatory. He also doesn't know how to use an ellipsis, evidently. Either that or we are meant to believe he has more to say but someone pulled him away from the keyboard (but he still could type ... and hit enter).
  • I should know better than bite. lol Sorry about that.   
  • Well, that wasn't a troll. I was also defending windows phone against my friends and family like you are doing now and Microsoft gave me only desillusion in return. The only difference is that my life doesn't depend on it. Your job is this website and if Windows phone / mobile dies, things will go bad for you financially speaking. I can understand that once you bet on the wrong horse you find yourself in a dilemma of either keeping on it or backing out. And that's what happened with Microsoft. Where are the game changer features that yourself you were talking about on the news before the build of 2015 ?. Even you decided to change your website focus from mobile only to all windows ecosystem related topics. and don't tell me this excuse of the One core thing. And why you didn't say a word about the rumors of Microsoft considering to sell to Foxconn the feature phones division ? Again, I might exagerate but your life depends of this website but it doens't excuse you to be so narrow minded.
  • "Your job is this website and if Windows phone / mobile dies, things will go bad for you financially speaking. "
    Um, no. Do the math. Windows Phone is 1-2% of the mobile market. Do you really think we subside on that business? Give. Me. A break. Windows Phone has already failed, so I have no idea what you are going on about my "life depends of this website". Let's all agree you literally have no idea what goes into this site, the finances, or how we are doing. Cool? Cool. We're Windows Central. We cover Xbox, Windows 10, PCs, laptops, mobile, Band, Surface, and HoloLens. The rest of your comment is nonsense and the Foxconn thing is unsubstantiated from a "source" with no track history or proof. We do not post such things nor do we even cover Microsoft's "dumb phone" line as it is irrelevant to smartphones. Good lord.
    "I was also defending windows phone against my friends and family like you are doing now and Microsoft gave me only desillusion in return. "
    This was a post about our app update. We are not "defending Windows phone" in this article. You are off topic. Look, I get it. You feel "burned" by Microsoft. You do not like Windows phone anymore. That does not give you the right to come into our comments and just vent like a teenage girl because the world didn't go the way you wanted. Go buy a new phone, walk in the sun and be happy, but please leave your sourpuss venting for the forums or another site. Good day.
  • "Um, no. Do the math. Windows Phone is 1-2% of the mobile market. Do you really think we subside on that business?" Running a website with a decent visits is profitable and especially with adds. "We're Windows Central. We cover Xbox, Windows 10, PCs, laptops, mobile, Band, Surface, and HoloLens." I was here before you rename it to windows central, before you started to extend it gradually to other segments and before the founder (if my memory is good) left. when you were still putting on the bottom of your articles : "Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed" Good day sir ;)
  • That was a great quote...I need to bring it back.
  • :)
  • Oooh someone struck a nerve! Why don't you just ban him and delete his comments so it looks like you've won ;)
  • He has a different approach, he prefers to take time to make a good speech and then edit his posts, in order to look like he has the strongest argument and he won. ;)
  • Aw snap! This was posted in a pineapple under the sea.
  • "The rest of your comment is nonsense and the Foxconn thing is unsubstantiated from a "source" with no track history or proof." Well, looks like your own colleague believes the opposite and this no track history source was right  : "http://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-sells-its-feature-phone-business... Look, I get it. You feel "burned" by Microsoft. You do not like Windows phone anymore. That does not give you the right to come into our comments and just vent like a teenage girl because the world didn't go the way you wanted. The one burned here is you not me as I already bought a Oneplus One and got an S7 edge as a gift while keeping my Lumia 920 and was hoping that MS will do something but it's just getting worse. And it's you who acts like a teenage girl and not even honest with yourself and keep denying the truth and selling dreams to readers (I think you are using an iphone as a daily driver). If everything is ok as you always claim, this conversation won't even happen. And you won't even have to make articles like : Windows phone is not dead. Enjoy the rest of the day.
  • He should be free to do so, let the people speak through downvotes... Censorship is more complicated than you can handle son.
  • Well, I don't either,,,, RoJo Arlington, TX Waiting for 6.2" Surface Phone Pro
  • Yeah! Exactly. Although the Android app is based on Material Design, it looks great and is really stable with little to no crashes.
  • Material...blah,blah, yada, yada yada.
  • Seriously? They finally updated from the bland, Android 2.3 inspired look?
  • Yes, they did.
  • The Android app is definitely very stable. But I love the look of Windows app. Plus the latter has more features.
  • "Dog will hunt..." O____o Ugh, I'm at work...so boring lol =p
    Windows 10 RULZZ yer FACE!!!
  • the new notification sound is weird
  • I like it.
    This was posted in a pineapple under the sea.
  • "the new notification sound is weird"
    Luckily you can change it in your System Settings ;)
  • I like weird...lol =D Ugh, I'm at work...so boring lol =p
    Windows 10 RULZZ yer FACE!!!
  • I love it though... :) Posted from Bikini Bottom via my Pineapple PineBook XPS 13"
  • Really? How do you go about doing that? Don't see a specific Windows Central section under my "Sound" settings (right-click volume notifiation area icon and select sounds). Or are you referring to the option for turning it off completely as "change"?
  • *sigh* this isn't a rant section even though everyone has turned it into one. To change the sound is Settings>System>Notifications & Actions>Windows Central>Notification Sound. The windows central team has done a great job with incorporating the new features of windows 10 mobile into their app. Hero banner notifications, reply to comments from the action center, UWP, new design language, continuum support, to name a few. They have really created a great example of what you can do with all of the options you get from Microsoft for an app. Instead of complaining give them props with taking the new features and applying them. They have done a great job.
  • The new notification sound is actually the old notification sound. And I love it because it is unmistakably clear which app it's coming from. In case you're unsure where it's from, it's the Mobile Nations 'ding' from the end of their jingle that they use in their videos. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Yes but I once received a notification and jumped from bed while sleeping, so I changed it :'(
  • Speaking of notifications, the spelling in the notification button has been fixed! No more "Add Repy"... Daniel, please let whoever fixed this know that we *really* appreciate it. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • :) Daniel kept pestering me about it
  • Great job with the app. Really appreciate the work.
  • I agree with you. Every time I received a Windows Central notification it scared the cr@p out of me (and everyone around) So I changed it :D